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YOLO vs. YODO: Is it time we talk about death?

YODO is the hot new thing when it comes to talking about death — that's if people are willing to talk about it at all.
Herb Scribner, Deseret News Modified: May 19, 2014 at 2:01 pm •  Published: May 20, 2014
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So, do you only live once or do you only die once?

That’s the question that seems to be popping up in the media in recent weeks, as a new trend, YODO — "You Only Die Once," a play on YOLO or "You Only Live Once" — has begun spreading across the United States and much of the United Kingdom.

Not only has the #YODO hashtag taken off on Twitter, but it’s been a centerpiece of “Dying Matters Awareness Week,” which occurred last week in the United Kingdom, The Huffington Post reported. Jaweed Kaleem wrote for HuffPost that “more than 100 sites around the United Kingdom” would be spreading that message.

It has little to do with religion. It's more about discussing death, Kaleem wrote.

"Most of the British public still doesn't want to talk about dying," said Joe Levenson of the Dying Matters Coalition to HuffPost. "We want to raise awareness and help people come to terms with dying and bereavement."

In fact, a recent study by ComRes, a research company in the U.K., Europe and Asia, found that 83 percent of people in Britain are uncomfortable speaking about death. And more than half have partners who don’t know their partners’ death wishes, the study found.

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